During 2012, Autobell Car Washs Charity Car Wash Program helped raise a record $746,513 for charities, schools, and other nonprofits in North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The Charlotte-based companys program began in 1998 and has assisted nonprofits in raising $5.5 million to date.

Through the program, Autobell provides 501(c)(3) groups with full-service car wash tickets custom-printed with the organization’s name that are sold by the nonprofit at full price and honored at all Autobell locations. Fundraisers keep 50 percent of the proceeds from all ticket sales.

"This program is unique and popular with the public and a boon to fund-drive organizers. They don’t have to deal with planning and executing a parking lot car wash or other large-scale fundraiser, worry about rain dates, or incur any upfront cost," stated Autobell president & CEO Chuck Howard. We are thrilled to provide a simple and effective way for so many worthy nonprofits to reach their fundraising goals. And since all Autobell locations treat 100 percent of the wash water used and recycle up to 100 percent, organizations can feel satisfied they’re encouraging supporters to utilize the most environmentally friendly method for washing their cars."